Ten years ago today, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of health care for economic and physical wellbeing. It is especially important to make known the successes of the ACA, especially during the critical time our country is now facing.
Madison Hardee published this op-ed in The Charlotte Observer about the damage to low-income people from the Trump Administration's sharp cuts to "navigators" who help people enroll in the Affordable Care Act's health insurance plans.
Recent activities show that Congressional Republicans have not abandoned their legislative goals of rolling back the ACA and block granting Medicaid even while the Trump Administration has shifted this year to undermining our health care safety net through Medicaid waivers, regulatory retrenchment and litigation.
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau reveal poverty and uninsurance rates declined in 2016 as a result of successful government programs. However, far too many people still live in poverty, lack opportunity, and face structural barriers.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) currently covers over 8 million low-income children in working families with income too high to qualify for Medicaid. But without action from Congress, this program will expire at the end of September 2017.